Decalogue Differences Between Shemot and Devarim


Diverging Decalogues?

The Decalogue appears in both the Torah's original account of the Revelation at Sinai in Shemot 20 and in Moshe's later retelling of the event in Devarim 5. The two versions contain many differences, including additions, omissions, and substitutions. These can be readily identified in the accompanying table:


While some of the differences between the accounts are minor and might be deemed insignificant, others affect not just the form but also content and meaning. The reader is thus left with several questions: